Monday, November 15, 2010

Another Patriotic Cover: Southern Aristocracy

Earlier this year, I made a post about a patriotic cover in my collection

Here's a copy of the one other such item I have, this one captioned "SOUTHERN ASS-STOCK-CRAZY," another unkind view of Southern culture, especially its leadership and upper-class.

The words "Southern Confederacy" are printed on the donkey, as it is tries to pull away from a post called "Union." The US Flag waves from the post, while the Confederate national flag is tied to the donkey's tail.

The publisher of this piece is unknown, but this link to the Library of Congress says this was printed in 1861. Since this was the first national flag of the Confederacy and it did exist starting in early 1861, that date seems very possible for this unused cover.


  1. Richard - Very cool! Thanks for sharing! I have a few patriotic covers in my collection, but - with thousands of varieties to collect - I have limited mine to ones with medical themes. There is a new book out: "Patriotic Envelopes of the Civil War" (LSU Press, 2010)...have you seen it? I haven't yet, burt I look forward to it.

    My favorite cover websites are the Harvard MOLLUS index:

    and (especially!), the Roosevelt Collection, which has great color images:

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Thank you - those are some nice sights. I'll have to remember them.

    I'd love to collect these, but I only have 2 and they're both much more anti-Confederate than pro-Union, but it's just a neat and different way of expressing thoughts, unlike anything we see today.

    Thanks for sharing that information, including that book. I had not heard of it yet


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